The finalists for the UK’s most prestigious architecture award have been announced
“We are living in a state of passivity” stated world-renowned architect Peter Eisenman as he denounced the effect a “prevalent media culture” is having on architecture. Eisenman argues that in the 21st century the public have become hooked on smart phones, tablets and computers that provide us with a continuous steam of knowledge drawn from the Internet. 2d pixelated images of a buildings have become the primary method of seeing an iconic piece of architecture, yet architecture is not meant to be seen, it is meant to be an experience you feel within a space.
Similarly an exhibition, such as the Biennale, is crafted to be an experience. You enter into a space to draw on the knowledge that is being shared. Whilst many online publications such as ‘Dezeen’ will present the exhibition in a similar way to traditional printed news outlets, social media is further distorting the reality of the exhibitions as one single person becomes the curator and imprints their personal opinion onto the imagery and commentary they share with the world.
Whilst in Venice working at the Architecture Biennale I will be seeking to examine the extent to which the exhibitions are absorbed, dissolved and disseminated by the public to generate a piece of research that analyses the impact these personal curations are having on the public image of the Biennale.
Of all the places to catch flu I have managed to do it during Summer in Venice. This has not been a happy week.
This afternoon was spent at the Palazzo Grassi, home of François Pinault's personal collection of art. They are currently exhibiting 'The Illusion of Light', a collection of works in a variety of medias that express, light, the most fundamental of elements in art.
Unfortunately there were no photographs were allowed of my favourite piece by Doug Wheeler. Intended to create a sense of infinity using bright lights, once immersed in the piece you loose your peripheral vision and feel like you are ‘seeing the light’, the experience people who have experienced near death describe.
In general a good mix of subjects and materials would be a good idea as it shows you have a wide range of skills. You would probably have to contact individual universities to know if there would be an issue with your a-levels or not. Good luck! :)
go get the little digital one… it’s venezia… you’ll kick yourself about wanting alllll the details.
True, last time I came I took over 1000 photos which is a little ridiculous, but most were of the Architecture Biennale. I figure I can use the camera on my phone too because I rarely print my photos and if I am here for a month then learning how to take photos properly with a film camera may be another fun idea. I can’t decide!
I’ve come to Venice and forgot to bring my camera. Great.
Weighing up buying a £100 little digital one or getting an Instamatic type camera. Thoughts?